“What side of the bed do you Wake up on?
are you wearing jeans or a suit? do you prefer an
impressionist or picasso? italy or india?” asks interior
designer James Magni of Magni design. his mantra:
“We need to listen to our clients.” and he has perfected
the art of listening. striving to capture the essence of
his clients, psychologically and functionally, he goes
beyond a mere consultation—exploring their every angle
with psychological consultations, personality surveys
and his natural ability to evoke an authentic emotional
response—to create a multi-dimensional interior.
nestled in Los angeles’ trousdale estates, the mid-
century mecca for american icons elvis presley, Groucho
Marx and dean Martin, is Magni’s latest creation: the
babajian residence. his first rule of design, “honor the
architecture first,” maintained the seamless outdoor and
indoor flow. Magni not only honored the aesthetic of
the environment, but maximized the view that initially
intoxicated his clients.
“it was easy to get to the essence of the owners, darren
Cardona, architectural designer and Joseph babajian,
real estate broker to the rich and famous,” says Magni.
“they had a design background and we have similar
styles. We felt very in sync during the design process.”